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  Issue #123, February 8, 2011
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Dear Social Work Colleagues,
Hello! Welcome to Issue #123 of the Social Work E-News! Thank you for subscribing to receive this e-mail newsletter, which is brought to you by the publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine,,, and other social work publications.
February marks the observance of Black History Month, American Heart Month, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (February 7-14), and Children of Alcoholics Week (February 13-19), among others. Yesterday, February 7, was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( and February 14 is National Donor Day (
Coming in March: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20).
Also, March is National Professional Social Work Month! “Social Workers Change Futures” is this year's theme being promoted by the National Association of Social Workers. Tell us how you are celebrating and observing Social Work Month!
I was recently contacted by an MSW student named Dorlee who has a blog, Social Work Career Transition. I agreed to be interviewed by her, and the first part of the interview went live earlier this week. You can read it at: – this first part is about my work in therapeutic music. Part II will focus more on social work career development issues.
The Winter 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER is available NOW! Highlights of this issue include ethics of adopting from one's own caseload, supervision availability, making the transition from student to professional social worker, bullying, the It Gets Better project, and more!
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker
San Francisco, CA

North East Medical Services, a community health center in San Francisco’s Chinatown/North Beach neighborhood, is looking for a full-time bilingual (Cantonese/Mandarin) Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Minimum of two years post licensure exp. in the use of psychosocial assessment and psychotherapeutic methods and measures in a hospital, clinic, or agency. Master's degree in social work required from an accredited college or university. Valid Licensed Clinical Social Worker license in the State of CA. E-mail CV to HR@NEMS.ORG
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Article Excerpt: Addressing an Overt Challenge to the Code of Ethics
by Rana Duncan-Daston, MSW, LCSW, Ed.D.
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article from the Winter 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the full article at:

Finding permanent families for adolescents aging out of care has now assumed the priority that it deserves in the field of child welfare. Research has shown that adolescents who age out of the system are much more likely to experience “homelessness, be involved in criminal activity, be uneducated, be unemployed, experience poverty, and lack proper healthcare” (Atkinson, 2008, p. 183).  Child welfare professionals are redoubling their efforts to create permanent families for these vulnerable members of our society, and rightly so.
 Amidst these much-heralded and long overdue changes, some professionals are advocating for the removal of the conflict of interest standard in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. For instance, the North American Council for Adoptable Children (NACAC) suggests a key policy barrier that prevents older children from being adopted is the restriction blocking child welfare professionals from adopting youth (It’s Time to Make Older Child Adoption a Reality, 2009).  This recent publication states:
The National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics provides important guidelines about how social workers can avoid conflicts of interest and prevent dual or multiple relationships with clients. This conflict of interest provision is frequently relied on by child welfare organizations to restrict workers and other staff from adopting youth in their care.
Although these guidelines exist to protect both the social worker and children, they can also prevent adults who know a youth best from being able to consider adopting the youth (2009, p. 7).

This statement appears in a section in the publication about policy barriers that are described as the “unplanned consequence” of “well-intentioned policies and laws” (p. 5).

In another publication by the NACAC, for the Annie E. Casey Foundation Family to Family Initiative (A Family for Every Child, 2005), the point is made that some jurisdictions prohibit professionals who work with a child from adopting that child. This publication states, “Barriers such as these should be carefully eliminated” (p. 54).

These statements constitute an overt challenge to the NASW Code of Ethics and, as such, demand a response from social workers nationally who are not in agreement. Making a permanent commitment to a young adult who is aging out of care is noble and something to emulate; however, adopting from one’s own caseload is a completely separate issue. Since the conflict of interest standard exists only to protect clients, the purpose of this article is to call attention to this issue and to reassert the importance of the conflict of interest standards.

A review of the ethical standard is important. The first standard regarding conflicts of interest requires social workers to be aware of and “avoid conflicts of interest that interfere with the exercise of professional discretion and impartial judgment” (NASW, 2008, 1.06a). This is part of what it means to be a professional in the field. The next standard in the section says that “social workers should not take unfair advantage of any professional relationship or exploit others to further their personal...interests” (1.06b). Does this standard pass the relevancy test? YES! 

A foster case worker has tremendous power in a child’s life. This worker makes plans for returning the child home, for adoption, or for continued foster care. If the worker experiences a “special connection” to this child and decides that he or she wants to adopt this older adolescent, how can the public be sure that this decision was not an unfair use of power? How can the worker prove that his or her decision-making was not influenced by the desire to adopt the child? Even the appearance of impropriety could erode the public trust in the child welfare profession. In many agencies, foster care workers work side-by-side with child protection workers, and the public trust is exceedingly important in the delicate work of assessing a child’s safety in the home.

In section 1.06c, the Code states “social workers should not engage in dual relationships...with clients or former clients in which there is a risk of exploitation or potential harm to the client.” Note that this standard does not prohibit dual relationships altogether; it prohibits exploitative or harmful dual relationships. Why would any responsible professional wish to remove that protection from our clients?    

Let’s consider an example of a social worker who is going through the empty nest syndrome. If this social worker sees the teen who is aging out of care as the cure to her “empty nest,” this could lead to exploitation of a client—if the social worker’s needs are primary. Surely our field does not want decisions about clients to be made with the social worker’s life as the beginning reference point.
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Additional articles from the Winter 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER include:
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National Donor Day on February 14
February 14 is widely known as Valentine's Day, the day of “love.” What better time to raise awareness of the ultimate gift of giving one's organs to others who need them? Here are some resources about organ donation and social work:
Society for Transplant Social Workers
Gift of Life: How Does the Organ Donation Process Work?
Social Worker Tries to Find Good in Normally Devastating Situations

News & Resources
Call for Papers: Rural Social Work Conference
36th Annual Rural Social Work Institute
A Place to Call Home: Honoring Family and Culture in Rural Social Work Practice
July 14-16, 2011
Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Proposals are being accepted for the 36th Annual Rural Social Work Institute. Please submit proposals for papers or presentations by March 1, 2011. Sessions will be about one hour in length. Successful proposals about all aspects of rural social work practice or rural social work education will include a title, abstract, and three learning objectives and should be sent via e-mail to Barbara Pierce at
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ASWB Advanced Generalist Exam Pilot Project
Advanced generalist exam to be administered free of charge through June 30, 2011

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is redesigning its Advanced Generalist examination to provide a stronger base for advanced non-clinical social work practice across the U.S. and Canada. The new version of the ASWB Advanced Generalist licensure examination will be more directly targeted to advanced generalist practice than it has been in the past.

To accomplish this goal, ASWB will administer an expanded examination of up to 255 questions, with a longer time limit to complete the exam. Test-takers will have the $260 examination fee waived and will only be scored on 150 questions. The additional questions will be “pretest” items to help ASWB develop a new 170-question Advanced Generalist exam to go into effect as of January 1, 2012.
The expanded Advanced Generalist examination will be the primary examination offered for all Advanced Generalist tests administered between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011. First time candidates for this exam, as well as re-test candidates who failed the Advanced Generalist examination before January 1, 2011, will be assigned to the free expanded examination during this time frame. Candidates who register to retest after taking the free expanded Advanced Generalist examination will be administered a 170-question test at the full registration fee of $260.
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4th National Research Conference on Child and Family Programs and Policy -- July 19-21, 2011
Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts

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Father Martin's Ashley Announces Call for Nominations for the 2011 Father Joseph C. Martin Award for Professional Excellence

Father Martin’s Ashley, the non-profit alcoholism and drug addiction treatment center, announced that nominations for the 2011 Father Joseph C. Martin, S.S. Award for Professional Excellence are now being accepted.

The Father Martin Award was first given in 2003 and was created to recognize professionals who exemplify Father Martin’s legacy of devotion to 12-step recovery and helping the chemically addicted, and their families, heal. Last year’s winner was Donald J. Kurth, MD, FASAM, and there have been six other award honorees to date. This year’s award will be presented at a special awards luncheon during the National Conference on Addictive Disorders (NCAD) sponsored by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), and the Vendome Group to be held in San Diego, CA, September 17-21, 2011. Last year’s award presentation to Dr. Kurth at the NCAD conference was witnessed by nearly 900 people. The 2011 award honoree will be invited to attend the conference to receive the award as the guest of Father Martin’s Ashley.

An independent committee of addiction and mental health professionals will review the nominations and select this year’s winner. For more information about, and nomination forms for, the 2011 Father Joseph C. Martin Award for Professional Excellence Award, go to or you may e-mail to have the nomination forms sent to you by e-mail or mail.
Social-Ite Blog

Diane R. Pagan, LMSW, has created a blog to discuss social issues from the perspective of someone who does clinical social work every day. “This perspective is far different, as I am sure you know, than that of the general public, which knows very little about social and safety net programs besides what it is told in the mainstream media,” Diane says.
She adds, “My purpose in writing it is to present my opinion of social issues and problems from the perspective of one who is aware of what help is out there for people in need, and what is not out there. My second purpose is to spark discussion by having social workers and those who are interested in these problems come and share their views and reactions, and ideas on how to fix some of our most enduring human problems.”
The blog is available at:


Purpose Prize

In its sixth year, The Purpose Prize provides major recognition to community leaders, 60 years and older, who are creating new ways to solve our most pressing social issues – from health care to the environment, poverty to education. It is the nation's only large-scale investment in social innovators in the second half of life.
Help recognize leaders who are putting their passion to work for the greater good.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are due by March 31, 2011 at

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